Texas newlyweds die in helicopter crash just hours after tying the knot

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The Uvalde County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page that the office received a call around midnight about the crash.

The Houstonian, a student-led newspaper at Sam Houston State University, confirmed Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were leaving their wedding when the helicopter went down in Central Texas.

According to the couple's wedding website, nuptials were Saturday at the ranch in Uvalde, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

A young bride and groom from Texas were killed when their helicopter suddenly crashed moments after departing the reception, according to reports.

Family friend Eric Smith announced the news in a Facebook post Sunday, writing: 'I'm absolutely devastated!

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Mr Byler's grandfather, William Byler, told Houston TV station KTRK that both had died as a result of the accident, with friends and family having cheered them on as they took off from the ranch.

Photos and videos posted on social media show the couple and their guests enjoying the wedding. "I am in awe of you, Will Byler, and I hope that everyone gets to experience a love like the one we have".

Gerald Green Lawrence, the pilot of the Bell 206B helicopter, also died in the 1:47 a.m. crash.

Katie Ellis, who said she was best friends with Bailee, said the Bylers loved to be with family and were members of the university's rodeo team. "They will be greatly missed by many".

The DPS and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating.

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